The seminars aim to discuss - through a survey deployed on a large temporal and spatial horizon -  how different features of the populist phenomenon (privileged relationship between leadership and masses, criticism of the established order, anti-political nature, strongly nationalistic orientation and recovery of a mythic vision of the mother country, etc.) transform in correspondence to national and international historical developments.

The workshops will be structured as follows:

-    The first workshop, preparatory to the discussion, will aim to open a channel of dialogue and discussion among historians and political scientists, in order to launch a debate on the declination of the populist phenomenon and identify some assumptions  concerning the methodological differences that both disciplines find when analysing the phenomenon
-    The second workshop will focus on the analysis of the first populist or "proto-populist" experiences that took place in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
-    The third workshop will deal with experiences on the European and international scene in the inter-war years. On this occasion, it will be essential to examine and debate on the populist (or not) nature of the  authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.
-    The fourth workshop will be dedicated to "populist" experiences after WW2

We invite those who are interested to send proposals examining the phenomenon of populism in a historical perspective.

Proposals which intend to examine the following topics will be well-appreciated:

-    The US People's Party
-    experiences and theories of populism in Eastern Europe
-    Populism in authoritarian and totalitarian regimes
-    L'Uomo Qualunque
-    Le Poujadisme
-    Populism in Latin America

Please, send an abstract (max 300 words) and a biosketch (max 100 words) to by 15 June  2013.